“When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . . It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold. . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters.” -- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America: Volume 2

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The Biden administration reinforces its ranks with what some reports see as yet more ardent censorship advocates.

This time it’s Andy Volosky, whose “claim to fame” thus far has been to wholeheartedly support the banning of President Donald Trump by former Twitter (while Trump was still president).

Unsurprisingly, his other efforts are advocating for even stricter online censorship (“content moderation”) than what social platforms have been doing for almost a decade now.

Volosky has now been given the right to serve this administration as deputy director of platforms for the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy. Serving the people, critically minded cynics might remark, would probably require a different mindset and a different set of skills.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
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Rachel Maddow is supposed to be a “far-left” member of the news media, and yet she is an ardent supporter of Joe Biden, referring to the president’s foreign policy, which consists of a headlong race to World War III as “fundamentally right.”
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Mapping High School Graduation Rates By State

A high school diploma not only represents the development of essential knowledge and skills but is also a critical step toward personal and professional growth.

This graphic, via Visual Capitalist's Bruno Venditti, shows the percentage of public school students who graduate with a regular high school diploma in each U.S. state. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, for the school year 2021–22.

West Virginia Has the Highest Graduation Rate

 

The U.S. average high school graduation rate was 87% in the school year 2021–22.

Claire's Observations:  Great for the schools which had the highest graduation rates; but what is going on for that 13% which did not graduate?  And for those kids who did graduate, are they numerate; literate; and logical, for having received that diploma?!? I think that is almost the bigger question here.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted he doesn’t know if an Israeli bombing of a tent camp the Israeli military declared a “safe zone” killed Mohammed Deif, Hamas’s senior military commander.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said the strike on the al-Mawasi camp killed at least 90 Palestinians, more than half of them being women and children. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had told Palestinian civilians evacuating from Rafah and Khan Younis to take shelter in the camp, which has come under multiple Israeli attacks.

Shaima Farwaneh, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who witnessed the massacre, described the scene to Mondoweiss. “A leg hit me, and I saw dismembered bodies a few meters away,” she said. “I saw a young child screaming. He lost his lower limbs and was crawling on his hands and screaming. The bombs didn’t stop, and suddenly the boy disappeared. I saw how he vanished before me while we ran and lowered our eyes to the ground, unable to do anything but run.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reversed a key concession made by Israel during ceasefire negotiations, CNN reported Friday, citing an Israeli source familiar with the talks.

The source said that Israel had previously agreed to allow Palestinians to have unrestricted access to north Gaza during any potential ceasefire. But last week, Netanyahu told his negotiators to add the condition that armed men aren’t allowed to enter the north.

Netanyahu included a similar condition in a list of “non-negotiable” demands he issued last Sunday. “There will be no return of thousands of armed terrorists to the northern Gaza Strip,” he said.

The CNN report said Netanyahu’s new demand could potentially upend the negotiations. The Israeli leader has made other demands aimed at sabotaging the chances of the deal.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The US has launched several rounds of strikes on Yemen over the past few days as its war against the Houthis in the Red Sea continues.

US Central Command reported fresh strikes on Houthi-controlled Yemen, which is where most of the country’s population lives, on July 11, July 12, and July 14. Yemeni media reported the attacks each day and described them as joint US-British strikes, although it’s unclear if the UK was involved.

In the latest attack on Sunday, Yemen’s SABA news agency reported three strikes in the Red Sea province of Hodeidah. “A security source told SABA that the US-British aggression aircraft targeted Hodeidah International Airport with two raids, and launched a raid on the Bheisi area of Alluheyah district,” the news agency said.

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Sanaa is eagerly engaging with Moscow in a bid to expand its astounding military gains into both the economic and diplomatic realms. While trade with Russia may be integral to blunting the effects of the siege of Yemen, Sanaa also views membership in the BRICS as a ‘golden opportunity’ to establish lasting Persian Gulf security.

Yemen’s stellar strategic maneuvering in defense of Palestine from its dramatically ascendant role in West Asia’s Axis of Resistance is acquiring the contours of an epic odyssey – eagerly 

Russia's role in West Asia’s Axis of Resistance is acquiring the contours of an epic odyssey – eagerly scrutinized by the Global Majority.  As if the unprecedented humiliation of the US Navy in the Bab al-Mandab and the Red Sea was not enough, Ansarallah targeted an Israeli ship with a Hatem-2 hypersonic missile, a remarkable advancement in indigenous technological development.

These prodigious strategic-military advances displayed by Ansarallah at the same time revived the always simmering, unfinished war and blockade launched against Yemen in 2015 by Saudi Arabia and the UAE with the usual US and UK backing.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, MIDDLE EAST, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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Authored by Tsvetana Paraskova via OilPrice.com, 

A Reuters investigation found that over 1,000 tanker trucks are smuggling at least 200,000 barrels of Kurdish oil per day to Iran and Turkey.

  • The smuggling operation generates an estimated $200 million in monthly revenue, but the destination of the funds remains unclear.
  • The illicit trade has flourished since a pipeline to Turkey was closed in March 2023 due to a dispute over export rights.

Kurdistan hasn’t been able to export its oil via a pipeline for more than a year now, but crude continues to flow out of the semi-autonomous Iraqi region—on tank trucks to the border with Iran. 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, GULF/OTHER OIL, IRAN, IRAQ
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The June 27 debate between former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden seems to be the most pivotal moment so far in a presidential campaign season already fraught with drama. Despite Biden's noticeable physical and mental frailty and his rambling incoherence on the debate stage, his party's campaign leaders still view him as their nominee, as evidenced by multiple grassroots campaign events held online.

Blaze News attended several such events both before and after the debate. Though the language and tone of these events shifted slightly after Biden's debate performance, the hosts have consistently expressed confidence in the president and his prospects in the election this November.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Authored by Richard Truesdell and Keith Lehmann via American Greatness,

Tying Donald Trump to Project 2025 is the latest desperation tactic from Democrats. But it’s likely to backfire. It might actually create a new generation of Conservatives in the process.

Last year, the Heritage Foundation published the Mandate for Leadership as assembled by a consortium of people and think tanks called Project 2025. It is a compilation of long-standing recommended Conservative policies for the next Republican administration. The Project 2025 group claims the document is “the Conservative movement’s unified effort to be ready for the next Conservative administration to govern at noon, January 20, 2025.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
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The people that guard our leaders are supposed to be the most highly trained security personnel in the world.  So how could something like this have happened?  As I mentioned in a previous article, I have been trying to put the pieces together.  To me, it appears that we either just witnessed incompetence on an epic scale or something more insidious was going on out there.  The American people deserve answers, and hopefully we will get them.  But I think that one thing is clear.  I don’t see any possible way that the head of the Secret Service, Kimberly Cheatle, can be allowed to keep her job.  There is no way that this shooting would have happened the way that it did if competent people were running the show.
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by Tyler Durden

 
Embattled President Biden opened up a meeting with a group of Democratic US representatives by challenging them to ask him "hard questions" about his candidacy and his fitness to serve -- only to jump down the throat of a member who sought reassurance about the 81-year-old's ability to serve as a strong commander-in-chief. His loss of temper and ill-preparedness for the meeting reportedly did nothing to bolster his audience's confidence. 

That audience for the Saturday video conference call was the New Democrat Coalition, a group comprising some 100 centrist Democrats. While the group's chairwoman, New Hampshire Rep. Anne McLane Kuster, politely characterized the conversation as "candid, respectful and productive," members speaking to reporters anonymously were far less charitable about Biden's performance.

Another source who was on the call told The Hill it was "tense." That tension hit a crescendo when Colorado Rep. Jason Crow told Biden that, from a national security perspective, voters were uneasy about Biden being "at the helm when they go to sleep at night.” 

"Biden ripped him...the exchange was hard to watch," The Hill's source said. According to three sources who spoke to Politico, Biden raised his voice and said, "I don't want to hear that crap!" before forcefully touting his foreign policy record, citing -- as he incessantly does now -- his role in expanding NATO, an undertaking that does nothing to increase US security

"He started shouting at Jason Crow for no reason," a member said. Undaunted by Biden's rebuke, Crow -- a former Army Ranger -- told Biden his accomplishments weren't persuading voters who have doubts about his ability to serve another term. 

Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger who represents Colorado's 6th Congressional district, previously blasted Biden for the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle (Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images via Axios)

The Hill's source said members were "really dismayed" by overall Biden's performance, saying he seemed unprepared to handle the questions that everyone is asking about him since his disastrous June 27 debate performance. As he is prone to do, Biden was said to have given rambling answers -- offering just another confirmation of his declining mental strength.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The Secret Service has some explaining to do.

How did an assassin with a rifle get onto the roof of a building a little over 100 yards away from Donald Trump’s podium at Saturday’s rally? It’s supposed to be standard operating procedure for the Secret Service to clear roofs and windows with a clean line of sight at someone they’re protecting.

Yet it appears that Thomas Crooks, the alleged assassin, was up there alone. Nobody secured the roof. And rallygoers - who spotted him moments before his attack - told a BBC reporter that they were brushed aside when they tried to warn security agents.

Now we know that Trump was just inches from death. He was incredibly lucky to only be winged on the ear. If not for the wind, a slight tilt of his head, and poor marksmanship by the 20-year-old shooter, America would be facing a traumatic national tragedy of unthinkable proportions.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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After the attempted assassination of Donald Trump, screaming liberals had full-blown meltdowns over the shooter narrowly missing the 45th US president.

At a Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania on Saturday evening 20-year-old registered Republican and Biden donor, Thomas Matthew Crooks, opened fire on the presidential candidate. 

A bullet struck Trump in the ear as Secret Service agents circled around to shield him. Corey Comperatore, a 50-year-old retired fire chief for Buffalo Township, was killed. Two other men were left in critical condition. 

Secret Service agents could be heard shouting 'the shooter is down' in the ensuing chaos and the gunman was later confirmed dead.

But warped liberals shared their disappointment in Crook's aim, insinuating that they wished Trump had been fatally shot.

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The US Army has sparked 'outrage' from lawmakers and Christian group leaders for listing pro-life groups as 'terrorists' in a recent training session. 

Fort Liberty garrison in North Carolina is facing criticism after a photograph of a slideshow given by trainers at an anti-terror briefing circulated on social media. 

The slide categorized 'anti-abortion' and 'pro-life' organizations as 'terrorist groups', indicating they could be a threat to the safety of military installations. 

It named Operation Rescue and National Right To Life as examples, along with people with 'IM4IT' 'choose life' license plates on their vehicles.  

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The suspect in the attempted assassination Saturday of former President Donald Trump had explosives in his car and residence, CNN reported, citing law enforcement sources. The suspect also used a gun his father purchased, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing individuals familiar with the investigation.

A Secret Service sniper killed 20-year-old suspect Thomas Matthew Crooks at Trump's rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, officials told CBS News, which added that multiple law enforcement sources said the gunman was armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle and opened fire from a shed's roof outside the cordoned-off rally area.

 

Tags: ASSASSINATION, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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If there’s anything that certain, it’s that nothing is permanent. When we look back through history, we find that many great societies succumbed to societal collapse. Some have been conquered by outside forces, while others have decayed from within. In either case, the society or civilization has ceased to exist as it was once known. To think that the same can’t or won’t happen to us, is to deny one of the most important lessons of history.

The big question for you and I to consider, is whether it will be internal or external forces that ultimately bring about the demise of the United States of America. Currently there are no nation-states with a large enough or powerful enough a military to defeat us. Even if Russia and China were to join together to attack us, it is unlikely that they could mount a big enough amphibious force to guarantee success in invading our shores. The two nations together don’t have anywhere near the amphibious capability that was required to invade Europe on D-day, during World War II.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Donald Trump MUST be careful. I question how someone could be on that roof in shooting distance without the Secret Service’s awareness. What happened to video drones or helicopters? Just because Trump has survived one assassination attempt, with the Democrats trying to pull his Secret Service protection and denying RFK Jr Secret Service protection, one must face the reality that there is a very dark side to Washington that never sees the light.

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A campaign staffer for Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is no longer employed in his office after expressing disappointment on social media that the shooter missed.

“I was made aware of a post made by a staff member and she is no longer in my employment,” Thompson said.

The post, which has since been deleted but has spread on X, said, “I don’t condone violence but get you some shooting lessons so you don’t miss next time.”

Tags: ASSASSINATION, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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